Alaskan Malamutes are large and powerful working dogs. They have a friendly personality and an independent mind. Mals are NOT good guard or watch dogs.

This ancient spitz-type breed originated in the Alaskan arctic for sledding, heavy freighting, and as pack dogs. They are still used today for work and sport in many countries across the world. Malamutes are highly food motivated with excellent "mooching" and food stealing techniques. Many are expert diggers who can make a yard look like a cratered "moonscape". Mals are curious about their surroundings, love to explore, and can be expert excape artists. Malamutes are highly pack oriented and most possess a strong prey-drive. Many mals will howl or sing, and most are quite good talkers!

Because of these natural instincts, owners may need to deal with dog dominance problems, or their dogs chasing or hunting whatever moves - including the neighbors cats! Due to the Malamute's size, intelligence, and independent nature they can be difficult to handle if not properly trained.

Alaskan Malamute Information on the Web!

FAQs, History and General Information

Alaskan Malamute FAQ Direct link to Frequently Asked Questions about Malamutes.

Starhawk Website The largest and most comprehensive website on Alaskan Malamutes! This great site simply gets better every day. Definitely a "must visit"!

Alaskan Malamute Homepage This is the original Alaskan Malamute Homepage! Although it has changed over time, it is still a great source of information link.

Polar bear & sled dog at play - pix1 Malamute Basic Overview So you think you want an Alaskan Malamute? Here's a little information on the personality, background and breed traits.

A Brief History of the Alaskan Malamute by Lynda Birmantas.  Excellant overview on Alaskan Malamute history!

 The Illustrated Malamute Descriptive text and picture guides for Malamute identification, coat color, markings, and breed comparisons.

RAMF Rainbow Alaskan Malamute homepage with color descriptions and pictures.

 An Alaskan Journal The journal of Linda Dowdy's 3 week flying trip along the Alaskan Highway. 

Dog Owner's Guide Very good profile of the Alaskan Malamute at Canis Major.

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Health, Certifications, and Genetics

Health Issues  An overview of some of the health problems associated with the Alaskan Malamute.

Climate Issues  Temperature Adaptation in Northern Dogs, by Ted Greenlee.

Polar bear & sled dog at play - pix2 OFA  The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. Info on hip and elbow dysplasia,  thyroid, and other certifications. PLEASE - only breed dogs certified clear of dysplasia or buy puppies from certified parents!

CERF The Canine Eye Research Foundation. Info on hereditary eye disorders and certifications. CERF certifications are good for one year only... remember to ask your breeder for the date of certification when asking for the certificate number.

 AMRF The Alaskan Malamute Research Foundation. Alaskan Malamute health research in partnership with the AKC Canine Health Foundation. (AKC CHF)

Coat Color Genetics discussion of coat color. Although written with the Borzoi in mind, this is an excellent overview of basic color genetics.

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North American Clubs & Rescue Organizations

AKC The American Kennel Club's Alaskan Malamute Page.

Polar bear & sled dog playing - pix3 AMCA The Alaskan Malamute Club of America homepage.

AMCC  The Alaskan Malamute Club of Canada.

 SCAMC The Southern California Alaskan Malamute Club.

 TSAMC Homepage for the Tri-State Alaskan Malamute Club.

CAMC Homepage for the Chicagoland Alaskan Malamute Club.

AMCGH Alaskan Malamute Club of Greater Houston.

MNMC Homepage of the Minnesota Malamute Club.

AMCW Alaskan Malamute Club of Wisconsin.

DogzOne Clubs Dogz One's page of Alaskan Malamute clubs.

Malamute Rescue Resources  On-line rescue organizations for the Alaskan Malamute. Includes links to national, international, state, lost/found resources and basic rescue info. 

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Shows, Superintendents, Breeder Directories

AKC Show Rules  American Kennel Club's rules applying to dog shows.

AMCA Competition Page  A good resource page with links to AMCA stats, judges education, as well as conformation, obedience and working dog event info.

Judging Shortcut The AMCA Judges Education page is well worth an individual look by everyone! Malamute/Siberian comparison, A-Z Malamute standard, seminars, history, and much more.

Onofrio Show superintendent homepage for Jack Onofrio Dog Shows.Pair of Pups!

Newport Show superintendent homepage for Newport Dog Shows.

Rau Show superintendent homepage for Rau Dog Shows.

Show Dogs West General dog show pages primarily dedicated to the US west coast. Breeder's pages, show results, etc. Very good site.

 AMCA Breeder Directory Breeders listed with the Alaskan Malamute Club of America.

AMCC Breeder Directory Breeders listed with the Alaskan Malamute Club of Canada.

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List Servers, Web Rings, Publications

Malamute Listserver Join the open discussion group devoted to all Malamutes! Send email with a blank subject header and the message: subscribe malamute-L your name  (VERY active list)

Hoflin Listserver Malamute discussion group offered by Hoflin Publishing. Send email with blank header and the message: subscribe AlaskanMalamute-H your name    (Very Quiet list)

AMHotline Listserver  Private discussion group for AMCA members only. Members may subscribe by sending email with blank header and the message: subscribe AMHotline your name    (Active list)

Malamute Net Ring Homepage of the Alaskan Malamute NetRing.

Nordic Breeds Ring  Homepage of the Nordic Breeds website ring.

 Sleddog Web Ring Homepage of the Sleddog WebRing for sleddog and sledding fanciers.

Working Breeds Web Ring  Homepage of the Working Breeds WebRing.  (AKC Working Group)

Hoflin Publishers of the Alaskan Malamute Quarterly and Alaskan Malamute Annual. Links & order info.

Texalmal / TAMR  Our website documents suitable for download, printing and viewing. PDF format with a reader link available and links to the online versions.

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